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Meet your candidates.

Karen Frenette


Jillian Ring

Director Region 2

Jenny Toussaint

Director Region 4

President-Elect: Karen Frenette (Acclaimed)


Diploma in Nursing, Bathurst School of Nursing, 1983

Additional Education

* Recertification Perioperative Nursing, CNA, 2013 (original certification 1998)

* Masters in Nursing, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB, 2005

* Nursing and Health Care Leadership/ Management Program, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, 2005

* Bachelor Degree in Nursing, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB, 1991

Present Position

Director of Programs (Surgical & Maternal Child), Chaleur Regional Hospital

Professional Activities

* Operating Room Nurses Association of Canada representative on CNA-Canadian Network of Nursing Specialties, 2011-2013

* President ORNAC, 2011-2013

* Recipient of ORNAC Muriel Shewchuk Leadership Award, 2009

* Recipient of ORNAC Isabelle Adams Award of Excellence in Perioperative Nursing, 2009

* Presenter at ORNAC National Conference in St. John's, NL, 2009

* Exam writing for perioperative Certification Exam (CNA), 2009

* Member of International Federation of Perioperative Nurses (IFPN), 2005-present

* Member of Canadian OR Leaders (CORL) 2005-present

* Board Member ORNAC, 2002-2009

* President of New Brunswick Operating Room Nurses (NBORN) 2001-2003

* Member ORNAC 1986-present Nominated by

Susan LeBlanc and Marius Chiasson

Reason for Accepting Nomination

I am honored to accept the nomination for President-Elect of NANB. As a registered nurse, with more than 30 years of experience in different facets of health care, I have a diverse perspective on both the challenges and opportunities facing our profession. NANB plays a key role in the advancement and evolution of the nursing profession. The voice of New Brunswick nurses can positively influence the direction of healthcare and ensure healthy public policy exists to protect the public. I would be privileged to be that voice.

Director Region 2: Jillian Ring (Acclaimed)


Bachelor of Nursing, Advanced Standing Program, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, 2007

Additional Education

* Master of Nursing, Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Stream, Dalhousie University, Halifax, current

* Honours Research program in Psychology, University of New Brunswick, Saint John, 2005

* Bachelor of Science, Biology/ Psychology, University of New Brunswick, Saint John, 1999

Present Position

Registered Nurse, Medical/Surgical Intensive Care Units, Saint John Regional Hospital, Horizon Health Network

Professional Activities

* Nurses Association of New Brunswick, Region 2 Director, 2013-present

* Nurses Association of New Brunswick Executive Committee, 2014-present

* Nurses Association of New Brunswick Ad hoc Executive Director Recruitment/Selection Committee, 2014-present

* Nurses Association of New Brunswick, Saint John Chapter, President, 2011-2013

* UNB Nursing Preceptor/Nurse Mentor, Spring 2009

* New Brunswick Nurses Union, member, 2007-present

Nominated By

Lori Burke and Laura Walker

Reason for Accepting Nomination

It is an honour to represent RNs and NPs on the NANB Board of Directors. RNs are the foundation of healthcare. The optimization of the NP role in primary healthcare is imperative for sustainability and improved access and health outcomes in the province. As Director, I will continue to take every opportunity to promote and advocate for nursing and its role in protecting the public, influencing health policy, and ensuring safe, competent care through self-regulation.

Director Region 4: Jenny Toussaint (Acclaimed)


Bachelor of Nursing, Universite de Moncton, Edmundston Campus, 2002

Additional Education

* Three-day training in workplace health and safety, NBSafe, Saint-Basile, N.B., 2014

* Yellow Belt Lean Training, Edmundston, N.B., 2014

* Course on disability management for workplace injuries, practical tools, actual cases in Edmundston N.B. by HRANB, 2013

* Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Course, Edmundston Regional Hospital, 2013

* Turnaround Interview (human resources management), Bathurst N.B., 2011

* MBA (one course completed), Universite de Moncton, Moncton Campus, 2008

* Result-oriented leadership course, Edmundston Regional Hospital, 2008 A Resource From the Institute of Health Care Improvement (online education), Edmundston Regional Hospital, 2008

* Basics of Writing Policy and Procedure, Fredericton N.B., 2008

* Primary health care course, Edmundston Regional Hospital, 2007

* Course on team work, Edmundston Regional Hospital, 2007

Present Position

Clinical Program Director, ERH

Professional Activities

* Member, workplace health and safety committee

* President of the OR governance committee

* Local NANB chapter president; member, NANB discipline committee

* Involved in the regional implementation committee on strokes, Edmundston Regional Hospital

Nominated By

Renelle Thibodeau and Nancy Jalbert

Reason for Accepting Nomination

I would like to be director in Region 4. Having worked in health care for 15 years now, I would like to support the Association's Board of Directors and members. I would like to be involved in addressing the various current nursing issues in New Brunswick. As clinical program director and president of the NANB local chapter, I am well aware of various issues such as: insufficient human resources, the challenges of nursing practice, care complexity and financial challenges. I work every day in collaboration with various partners to address these challenges, find solutions to improve care quality and provide safe care. I would like to bring my positive ideas to NANB.

Your Region 6 candidates

Annie Boudreau


Bachelor of Nursing, Universite de Moncton, 1990

Additional Education

MBA, Universite de Moncton, 2007

Present Position

Clinical Coordinator for the Nursing Sector, Universite de Moncton, Shippagan Campus, Bathurst Site

Professional Activities

* Active member, NANB Bathurst Chapter Executive Committee, 2004-present

* participated in exam item writing for the CRNE, 2010-2012

* President, clinical experience network committee, Universite de Moncton.

Nominated By

Rachel Boudreau and Julie Vienneau

Reason for Accepting Nomination

I am available and committed to the nursing profession and I am ready to take up the challenge. My work gives me the opportunity to work closely with nurses from the Chaleur Region and the Acadian Peninsula. I can listen and I am aware of the different aspects and issues concerning nurses in New Brunswick. I have gained experience as regional director for the last two years, and I appreciated each moment. I would like to stay on the Board and contribute to the advancement of the profession.

Linda Austin


Providence Nursing School, 1982

Additional Education

* St. John Ambulance Instructor, Tracadie-Sheila, 2011

* certification in emergency operations centre management, Canadian Emergency Management College, Ottawa, 2008

* certification in primary health care, Dalhousie Dalhousie, 2006

* diabetes certification, correspondence training course, 2002

* clinical leadership for bedside nurses, UdeM, 1995

* introduction to nursing care management, correspondence training course, 1993

* Bachelor of Nursing, Universite de Moncton, Shippagan campus, 1992

Present Position

Director of Nursing Care, Residence Lucien Saindon, Lameque

Professional Activities

* Clinical care committee, New Brunswick Association of Nursing Homes (NBANH), 2014

* advisory committee, Ecole Reseau de science infirmiere, Nursing Homes,

UdeM, Moncton, 2013-present Clinical care committee, Region 6 and 8, NBANH, Fredericton, 2013-present

facilitator, Alzheimer Society of NB support group, Residence Lucien Saindon inc., Lameque, 2013-present

Prevention of Elder Abuse Centers of Excellence Program (PEACE), New Brunswick Nursing Home Association,

Fredericton, 2013-present

* Acadian Peninsula Chapter President, NANB, 2009-present.

Nominated By

Sophie Power and Estelle Bujold

Reason for Accepting Nomination

I would like to be elected to the position of Director, Region 6, in order to facilitate the development of innovative strategies and solutions for various issues: member recruitment and retention, quality of life in the workplace, quality care, protection of the public, promoting the role of the nurse in a collaborative workplace and best professional practices. This opportunity would also allow me to have some influence on health care policy and expand the horizons of the nursing profession.

Region 6 Votes!

NANB's Election will open April 15 through April 30th. All practising members residing in Region 6 are eligible to vote for their region director. Voting details can be found on page 51.
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Title Annotation:2015 ELECTION PROFILES
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Date:Mar 22, 2015
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